Amelia grew up creating art, gardening, and playing field hockey in Central Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts and Environmental Science from Bloomsburg University in 2008. Deeply drawn to sustainability and living lightly, she began teaching organic farming at Gorman Heritage Farm in Cincinnati, Ohio. Then served in Americorps in Knoxville, Tennessee, at Ijams Nature Center teaching composting, recycling, animal behavior, and environmental education. After completing her term, she volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy throughout Virginia and North Carolina to build and repair the AT. Her first experience in New York followed. She interned at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park educating the public about the endangered Karner Blue Butterfly, restoring their habitat, and offering public wellness events. Afterwards she moved to Costa Rica for 5 months exploring their biodiversity and volunteering on community projects.
After returning to New York, she was serendipitously asked to help plant potatoes at a local farm. This turned into an over 8 year long relationship working with organic vegetables, CSA shares, and the Glen’s Falls Farmer’s Market stand through the Alleged Farm in Easton. Since this is a seasonal engagement, she was able to return to Knoxville to work for Child & Family Services as an Outreach Worker with homeless youth and runaways at an emergency shelter. She also expanded her social work repertoire through Planned Parenthood of the North Country New York as a Health Educator, Sexual Assault Hotline Coordinator, and Sexual Assault Supportive Counselor in 2012-15. While living in Saranac Lake, she attended North Country Community College to further her understanding of the human body and studied health sciences.
When Comfort Food Community expanded in 2016, Devin contacted Amelia to see if she was interested in their pantry management position. She accepted the position and began leading the healthy pantry initiative for two emergency food relief programs, directing the garden camp program, maintaining the community garden, and helping glean when possible. Her position expanded to incorporate connecting guests to community resources, teaching nutritional, psychosocial, and mindfulness education. She’s offered programming incorporating holistic care to ease chronic health conditions, deepen social ties, and nourish the body and soul in our community. Amelia continued to attend classes while working for CFC and studied therapeutic recreation through SUNY Cortland in 2017-2018. She still indulges her artistic skills as the pro bono artistic director at Argyle Brewing Company and is responsible for their humorous chalk art, colorful mural, and impromptu craft nights. Her work has continued to develop CFC services and she’s successfully designed our first partnership with Hudson Headwaters Health Network to offer food farmacy interventions for individuals with chronic illnesses in 2019.